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Wolves receive bid for Fletcher

A bid for Steven Fletcher has been inevitable and it was always going to be highly unlikely that he would stay at Molineux next season.

We'd heard the rumours via the newspapers and other sources and while it didn't please some of the readers on Vital Wolves.............

(One poster wrote last week:)'I don't know why a Fletch move is constantly written about on this site. There has not been a single bid for him so I don't know why it is 'likely' he will move on.'

We kept reporting on this point.

It's why Ståle Solbakken has been looking to bring in his own faces, as the new Wolves gaffer has known all along that some of his bigger names players will depart before the new season.

The news that Kevin Doyle is likely to stay was a big boost, as he could have been likely to follow Fletcher out of the door, but in reality, the 25-year-old Scotland international was never likely to come to the same conclusion as Doyle.

He may well have not rocked the boat and he has to take some credit for keeping a low profile in all of this, but his move away was and is inevitable.

Like we reported weeks ago, a likely destination is Sunderland. Martin O'Neill is a big fan of Fletcher and depending which newspaper you read, their bid is somewhere in the region of £10-12million.

The Daily Mail believe we will hold out for around £15million, while the Independent believe our asking price is somewhat lower at around £10million.

So the question remains, not if Fletcher will leave, but when?

Will Sunderland's bid be accepted? We are in a strong position with Fletcher holding a two-year contract and if we want to hold out for more money we can do. The problem is, there is little point holding on to an unhappy player, so if a club does come in for Fletcher which he wants to move on to, we do have to seriously consider the offer on the table.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 30 2012

Time: 10:49AM

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i think £12 mil would seal the deal. and not a bad return from 6.5 mil outlay. With Doyle, SEB and Sigurdarson up front, and Kightly (hopefully) and Hammil on the wings, we are not short of firepower. Every penny of the Fletch Sale MUST go towards sorting that woeful defence out.
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30/07/2012 11:13:00

I agree with AdMant. I would accept £12m for SF and with the money move quickly to secure the services of a LB and a CD who are capable of doing their jobs properly.
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30/07/2012 11:18:00

I do not see the size of the fee as the determining factor at all. Only if Steve himself shows a determination to leave is something possible,no inevitable - whatever the fee. Jez will then no doubt hold out for the best offer for as long as possible. I sense the best players are being urged to stay.
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30/07/2012 12:11:00

Partly for the reasons put forward by AdMant and SB60,I agree that a price of £12million is a fair price for Fletch. Regardless of the funds being there (possibly) to srenghthen, or indeed build, our defence, I truly believe that SF hasn't the all-round scoring ability to make the impact on a team that a transfer fee that size suggests he would.I mentioned on another thread that there was an alarming lack of goals from his feet last season, and i'm sure the majority of his total tally of goals for us will have been scored from the shoulders up (not all of his 'headed goals' have come of his forehead). I know our midfield was, more often than not, bereft of ideas, not to mention forward passes, last season, but even allowing for that, he hasn't shown enough on the deck to convince me he's the real deal at PL level.If Jez can get £15million for him then even better. As things stand it's still up to the player whether he stays or not;only SS telling him he'd rather have the cash available to him than keep him (which is a possibility) would cause a player that doesn't want to leave, to do so.Back to the point about the re-investment of revenue from any sale, if it doesn't go on decent defenders, who then go onto perform, then it'll have been a wasted opportunity. The way I see it, we could sell our leading scorer and end up a stronger team overall, it all depends on SS's ability to use any cash he gets his hands on as wisely as we'd like him to.
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30/07/2012 12:15:00

As for Doyle's perceived pledge of loyalty, from what i've read of his quotes, he's only really been saying what you'd expect a player in his position (professionally speaking) to say. Wolves are paying his wages, he's back in training and there have been no bids made public for him. I'd be surprised if that remains the case all through the transfer window, so we'll see how his stand does or doesn't alter then.
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30/07/2012 12:24:00

I think we should hold out for £13-15m As 15% is due to Burnley. On another note, how did this lad Tongo Doumbia get under our radars!?!?!
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